What's New in QR Pop?

Version 3.0

This article was last updated 5/06/2023

Enjoy a more powerful, expressive, and exhaustive code-generating experience with QR Pop 3. This update is a complete reimagining of what QR Pop can be. Explore a wildly expanded designer, more system extensions, and new Cloud features—all without compromising your privacy. Everything is still free and open source.

Screenshots of an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac running QR Pop Version 3.

QR Pop is available in more places and on more devices than ever before.


  • QR Pop's "Generator" page has been renamed to "Builder."
  • Builder now supports creating QR codes for WhatsApp, a trademark of Meta.
  • The Location builder now offer a more robust search experience.
  • The Contact Card builder now allows you to modify contacts imported from your address book.
  • The Contact Card builder now includes "Organization Name" as an adjustable field.
  • The Wifi Network builder now offers "None" as an option for network encryption type.
  • QR codes can now be exported as .svg, .pdf, or .png.
  • An improved printing experience has been brought to macOS.
  • Many builder commands have been added to the menu bar on macOS. These commands are available on iPadOS as keyboard shortcuts.
  • QR codes can be tested for "scannability" by right-clicking/long-pressing.


  • The "pixels" and "eyes" of a QR code can now be designed seperately.
  • Fourteen unique pixel designs have been added.
  • Ten unique eye designs have been added.
  • The color of the outer-portion of the eye can now be modified seperately from the inner-portion (the pupil).
  • The background can now be accented with mostly-transparent columns or rows.
  • Image overlays now mask the pixels they're placed above.
  • Image overlays can now be rotated and placed in the lower-trailing corner.
  • Designs can now be saved as Templates for use later. Templates are automatically saved to iCloud when available.
  • Templates can be exported as .qrpt and shared with others.


  • The scanner's user-interface has been redesigned to more closely match the rest of QR Pop.
  • Images can now easily be imported from either Photos or Files.
  • On iOS, the camera toggled between front-and-back.
  • On macOS, a new camera picker is available with support for coninuity camera.
  • On macOS, the display itself can be scanned for QR codes via the new Menu Bar applet.


  • A brand new "Archive" has been added to QR Pop.
  • QR codes created in the builder or duplicated via the scanner can now be added to the Archive.
  • Codes saved to the Archive are automatically saved to iCloud when available.


  • Widgets are now available for the lockscreen on iOS and generally on macOS.
  • The new Archive integrates directly with widgets, making it possible to have multiple widgets representing multiple unique codes across your device.
  • Widgets open directly to the Archvie when tapped.


  • The Share extension has been redesigned on iOS and macOS with a more consistent look.
  • Contacts and images are now supported. Images are duplicated similar to the Scanner in QR Pop.
  • Codes made in Share can now be sent to QR Pop for further designing.
  • Template .qrpt files can be imported into QR Pop via Share.


  • An "Open in QR Pop" button has been added to QR Pop's Safari Extension.
  • Settings regarding the Safari Extension have been moved from the main application to a new "Options" page within Safari.

Apple Watch

  • QR Pop is now available for Apple Watch as a companion experience.
  • The Archive is available on Apple Watch via iCloud.
  • Archived codes can be "brightened" to improve scannability. Brightened codes are stripped of all design elements and appear as simple, black-and-white codes.
  • All codes on Apple Watch are stripped of some design elements to improve scannability on its smaller display.

Siri & Shortcuts

  • QR Pop's Builder and Archive are now available via Siri and within Apple's Shortcuts app.
  • The builder shortcut supports most design features available within QR Pop. Colors can be applied via CSS standard hexadecimal codes.
  • QR Pop's Archive is available for quick access within Spotlight search.


  • An enhanced code presentation experience is available for iOS and iPadOS. When connected to a non-interactive secondary display, including AirPlay Mirroring, a new mirroring bar will appear within the Archive and Builder.
  • Enhanced mirroring can be disabled within Settings on iOS and iPadOS.
  • On macOS, codes can be presented as ancillary windows within the Archive or within the Builder by selecting "Window > View Code in New Window" via the menu bar.
  • Handoff now transfers all information excluding image overlays.
  • Dramatic speed and reliability improvements across the board.
  • The minimum version has been raised to iOS 16.1 and macOS 13.1.